Survey update what next for mental health and co-production

Mind and nef have recently published a literature review on how coproduction is being applied in mental health settings, which you can find here.

The natural question that follows from this publication is: “What next?” To help answer that question, a survey was put together by some folks* with a real interest in this and a little bit of time.

This post briefly gives an updated on the types of responses received so far.

In total, there have been 83 responses so far, which is pretty good going. Just over a third of responses are from people who identify as having a mental health problem. The next biggest response comes from mental health providers in the voluntary and community sector (15%) and then User-Led Organisations (12%).

The biggest barriers to coproduction in mental health are felt so far to be the following:

  • Lack of engagement from people who deliver services (24%)
  • Lack of understanding of the concept of coproduction (23%)
  • Lack of commissioner support (12%)
  • Other answers regularly mention lack of resources, including both time and money and insufficient recognition of people’s contributions/resources.

To take forward coproduction in mental health, the following so far were felt to be the most useful:

  • A network of people specifically interested in mental health and coproduction (25%)
  • Training to help understand what coproduction is, the difference it makes and how to do it (13%)
  • A campaign to promote coproduction in mental health (13%).

Other than a notable number of respondents who think all policy areas should be prioritised, people who have completed the questionnaire so far think that health (46%) is the policy area that should be prioritised for mental health and coproduction, followed by social care (16%). Very few have mentioned, for example, employment (4%), welfare (0%) or criminal justice (3%).

This is all really useful information so far, and want to make sure there are as many views shared as possible. As such, the survey will be open until the end of January. If you, an organisation or someone / an organisation you know might be interested in completing the survey, please do pass it on.

Mental health and coproduction survey:

*Paola Pierri (Mind), Julia Slay and Lucie Stephens (nef), Shahana Ramsden (National Coproduction Advisory Group), Rich Watts (NDTi)



#dpulo: share your innovation experiences with the New Economics Foundation

Have you designed, developed or provided innovative services for disabled people?

As part of the Strengthening DPULOs Programme, we’ve been part of some interesting work the New Economics Foundation are doing. We’re now looking for some examples of great stuff DPULOs are doing on public service delivery that NEF can write about…

The New Economics Foundation (NEF) are looking for examples of innovations in local services for disabled people. The best case studies will be included in a major report to be published in autumn 2012 and promoted to local authorities and their partners.

Services may include care and support, children’s services, housing, education, skills development and training, transport, and community safety and cohesion. NEF are particularly interested in innovative services that do some or all of the following:

  • Ensure greater choice and control for disabled people
  • Are personalised, person-centred, and flexible
  • Recognise and develop the skills and abilities of disabled people, their families and peers
  • Help to prevent problems, rather than just responding to them
  • Are financially viable and sustainable
  • Make local communities and society more inclusive for disabled people.

This is a great opportunity to promote your innovation and it would be great to showcase the work of DPULOs.

If you’re interested in providing a case study, please send a brief description of the service you provide to Strengthening DPULOs Programme Ambassador Lynne Turnbull (